April 17 Update - Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

April 17 Update - Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

Apr 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty & Staff,

This morning, Governor Reynolds announced that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The district remote learning expectations currently in place will continue as the district strives to do everything possible to see that students are prepared to succeed at the next grade/course level for the 2020-21 school year. The district deeply appreciates all that families are doing to support the continuation of learning for all students. If your family or your child is experiencing any difficulty with the learning opportunities being offered, please contact your building principal so we can provide the support necessary for your child’s success.

Information on specific issues/questions:

  1. What will be the last day of school? As you are aware the original last day was scheduled for June 3, 2020. When the initial 3-week school closure was announced, the last school day was moved back to no later than June 12. This was done in anticipation that students would return to school and the standard schedule. Now that students are not physically returning to school the district will make the determination as to the last school day based on what is the best use of resources in order to achieve the goal of doing all that we can to prepare students for the 20/21 school year.
  2. What about graduation? As previously stated, the district has put mechanisms in place to see that all seniors who were situated to graduate will be able to do so on schedule. The board will be reviewing graduation ceremony options at its meeting Monday night. While this board meeting isn’t physically open to the public, it is streamed live at Bettendorf Community School District YouTube page. Public comments can be made by submitting emails to Celeste Miller at cmiller@bettendorf.k12.ia.us. In addition to graduation, Prom will be discussed at Monday’s board meeting.
  3. When will school begin next year? The current first day of school is Monday, August 24th. In her closure announcement, the Governor also waived the start date regulation which currently prevents schools from starting before August 23rd. As the district receives guidance on this waiver from the state, the Board will determine if there will be any change to the start date and any other matter related to the school calendar for next year.
  4. What about summer school? If and how traditional summer school offerings will be held will primarily depend on where the state is at relative to public health measures at that time.
  5. What about spring activities? The Governor also canceled the spring sport/activities seasons. It was announced that a determination about summer sports/activities will be made by June 1. District facilities will remain closed until that time unless other such guidance is provided by the state and/or public health officials.
  6. What about my child’s school supplies in desks and lockers? The district will announce how this will be handled as soon as possible.
  7. Buildings and Administration hours: Remember all buildings are staffed Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 and Friday 8:00-3:30. During this school closure, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal with questions or concerns.

Much more guidance will follow as it becomes available. The critical focus area for the district will remain as stated many times - doing everything possible to see that all of our students are prepared to succeed at the next grade/course level. Thank you for your support with that great task and for doing everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following all government and health department guidelines.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.


Jim Spelhaug Ph.D

Interim Superintendent


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